Interview with Eleanor Holmes Norton
QUESTION 15
JACKIE SHEARER:

Now, can you just give me a topic sentence and tell me when you, what year it was that you got your afro?

ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON:

That's where I need Edward, because I think it was '68, but I could be wrong. My, my husband has a photographic memory and forgets nothing, which is also bad, to have a husband who forgets nothing. I, I literally wanted to, see, see, I don't want to get this wrong, because, once I say that my son, once, once I say that my son was eleven, I mean, was ten.


JACKIE SHEARER:

OK, when was it in time that you went natural?

ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON:

It was the late '60s when the afro had begun to emerge but was by no means yet fashionable, indeed, you were subject to be asked, "Why didn't you go get your hair done?" if you came up with an afro at that time, even though it was beginning to flower here and there.

JACKIE SHEARER:

OK, I'm sorry, could I have that again and could you give me, open it, you know, "I something, something--"

ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON:

I began to wear an afro in the late--

ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON:

I began to wear an afro in the late '60s when the afro had begun to emerge but was by no means fashionable. Indeed, you were subject to be asked in the streets, "Why didn't you go, why didn't you go get your hair done?" if you had one, but it was beginning to flower here and there by that time.

JACKIE SHEARER:

OK, great. Cut. OK, now, I know you're getting too tired of us, but I have the backlash question and then two more. And we're going to wait for you to sit down before we start--